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Indiana man killed by lightning
Walgreens receives variance, Main St. site plan approval

City Council meetings held recently

Indiana man killed by lightning

By MARY JO DENTON,
Herald-Citizen staff
with permission

An Indiana man who was among thousands attending the JuneBug Boogie festival this past weekend was fatally injured when struck by lightning at an outdoor show on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton said the 47-year-old man was among a crowd watching a stage show at the festival Saturday when a thunderstorm hit the area. A bolt of lightning struck the man, knocking him unconscious, but no one else was injured, the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Donathon Durham identified the victim as George Wood Jr., of Mooresville, IN.

Sgt. Durham said Wood was leaning back against a motorcycle as heavy rain, wind, and lightning hit the area.

“The lightning struck him in the right shoulder and exited out both of his feet,” the deputy said.

Wood was knocked unconscious, and other festival goers, including some who are paramedics or emergency medical workers, rushed to help him,
Sgt. Durham said.

“They were able to revive him, and the ambulance service came and took him to Livingston Regional Hospital. They got a pulse back, and then transferred him to Cookeville Regional Hospital, where he was placed on life support.”

On Sunday, Wood died, the deputy said.

“His family had time to get here from Indiana and they were with him at the hospital,” Sgt. Durham said.

The deputy said the lightning from the heavy storm that afternoon also struck “five or six motorcycles”, which were parked at the festival.
“It just fried the wiring of the cycles to where they couldn’t be started,” he said. “And lightning struck a tree in the woods there and set it on fire.”

Law officers, who were in the area working traffic and enforcing the law, blocked roads so an ambulance could get in and out quickly to take the injured man to the hospital, Sheriff Melton said.

The JuneBug Boogie festival is held every summer on private property in the Waterloo area in Overton County, about a mile north of the Putnam County line. It draws motorcycle and music fans from all over the country, and features shows, games, exhibitions, and contests in the open air.

The festival began this year on Thursday, June 21 and ended on Sunday.

Sgt. Durham said two other JuneBug Boogie-goers were injured in traffic accidents over the weekend.

“Buffy Frazier, a woman in her thirties from Dayton, Tennessee, was driving a Harley on Highway 293 on her way to the JuneBug when she wrecked just after noon on Saturday,” he said.

She lost control of the cycle, which ran off the road and hit a guardrail, he said.

“She had multiple fractures and had to be airlifted out.”

Frazier was taken to University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville and was later reported to be in critical condition, Durham said.

Also, a man who was either going to the festival or had been there was injured in a motorcycle wreck on Highway 136 on Friday afternoon, he said. Details of that accident were not available at press time.

 

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Walgreens receives variance, Main St. site plan approval



By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff

Livingston Board of Zoning Appeals held a public hearing Monday, June 25 to consider parking space for Walgreens.

Edward Shipe of R.S. Tatum Company, on behalf of Walgreens, asked that a variance be given to allow Walgreens to have parking spaces of 9 feet by 18 feet instead of the town’s requirement of 10 feet by 20 feet, and that Walgreens be allowed to have 62 parking spaces instead of the town’s requirement of 68 for the size of the store.

The store will be located on land on West Main Street currently occupied by the Twin Lakes Oil Company, Main Street Chevron, and Subway.

On the same lot, Walgreens will build Subway a new building, which will have a drive-thru window. The Walgreens will also have a drive-thru window. The drive-thru lanes will go between the two stores.

The variance was granted.

The BZA meeting adjourned and was followed by a Livingston Planning Commission meeting in which the Walgreens site plan was approved.

The Planning Commission elected officers as follows: chairman – Charles Maynord; vice chairman – Phillip McCormick; and secretary – Robert Jolley.

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City Council meetings held recently

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff


Livingston City Council held a called meeting Tuesday, June 19 to adopt a resolution to authorize an additional $2 million above the previous loan for the water line project through the Revolving Loan Fund.

With the adoption of the resolution, the loan is now at $5,570,000 to cover the local portion of the total project cost of $13,570,000.
Engineer J.R. Wauford said, “The beauty of it is that you don’t have to increase rates.”

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes backed that statement, saying, “The rates should not increase.”

The aldermen also voted to give the city attorney authority to hire an appraiser for the three properties in dispute over the water line. Joe Mullins had the low bid, and will be hired if he is a member of the Appraisal Institute.

Easements had not yet been acquired from Elizabeth Holt, Kenneth Carr, nor Hampton McCormick.

The meeting adjourned.

A public hearing on prohibiting businesses from occupying temporary
structures was held Monday, June 25. Five current businesses will be “grandfathered” in.

A public hearing on the budget followed.

The City Council then held a budget meeting.

“The city tax rate is looking like it’s going to be 1.16,” Mayor Hayes said.
He credited the recent reappraisals for allowing for lowering the rate from 1.40 and still bring in the same amount of revenue.

Mayor Hayes cautioned that the 1.16 rate has not yet been set.

“That is not in stone,” he said. “But there will not be a tax increase.”

Among the new items in the 2007-2008 budget are three new patrol cars for Livingston Police Department.

The City Council approved the budget unanimously.

Water and sewer in lieu of tax was approved, as was natural gas in lieu of tax.

The aldermen approved year-end budget amendments.

The meeting adjourned.

The regular monthly meeting of Livingston City Council is scheduled for Monday, July 2. The meeting will be held in the conferene room of City Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.


 

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